Explore Chicago like never before – on two wheels! Renting a bike is the best way to see the city.
Biking in Chicago
With so much to see and do in the iconic Windy City, hopping on a bike makes it easy and affordable to enjoy it all. From visiting one of the many museums or parks to seeing a show or dining out, getting there on two wheels even allows you to sightsee along the way, while avoiding traffic jams, expensive taxi fares and long waits for the “L” train.
Divvy is a great option for most people – we'll explain how bike sharing works below and also share a few options for traditional bike rental, in case that works better for your needs.
Bike share is similar to bike rental, but with a few distinct advantages. It consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy and durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations throughout the city.
The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any other station in the system, making bike share ideal for one-way rides and getting from Point A to Point B. You can also use it to take a longer round-trip ride, just like traditional bike rental, if you want to explore a particular area, such as the Lakefront Trail or Lincoln Park.
Visit the How It Works page on our website to learn more about bike share.
Divvy is Chicago’s official bike share program, designed to give residents and visitors a fun, affordable and convenient alternative to walking, taxis, buses and the “L.” There are 580 Divvy stations and 5,800 bikes across Chicagoland, making Divvy the most accessible way to get around and explore the city.
To use Divvy, join as an Annual Member through the website or buy a 24-Hour Pass through Transit app or a station kiosk. You’ll get access to all bikes in the system, and you can take as many rides as you want while your membership or pass is active.
The first 30 minutes of each ride is included with the membership or pass price. If you want to keep a bike out for longer, extra usage fees apply (see the Pricing page for more details). Or avoid extra fees by docking your bike every 30 minutes – which is easy to do with so many stations throughout the city. As long as you keep each ride to a maximum of 30 minutes, you’ll only pay the base price of the pass.
If you plan to ride with children under 16 years old, are looking for a specific type of bicycle, are interested in a guided tour, or want to keep a bike out for several hours at a time, traditional bike rental would be your best bet. You will typically need to decide in advance how long you want to keep the bike out, and when you’re finished, you will usually be required to return the bike to its original location.
There are a lot of bike rental places in Chicago, but only a couple that we’d recommend since others may not be licensed or may have questionable operations. Here are the options:
1. Bike and Roll Chicago
This is a trusted bike rental and guided tour company that has multiple locations throughout the country and Chicago, including Millennium Park and Navy Pier.
Prices: Starting at $9 for one hour Options: Bikes for men, women and children; comfort, performance, race, tandem and ElliptiGo bikes; baby seats, baby trailers and tagalong attachments available Rental Length: Rent for 1, 2 or 3 hours; half or full day; or 2 or 3 days Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6:30 AM to 8 PM, Friday: 6:30 AM to 10 PM, Saturday: 8 AM to 10 PM, Sunday: 8 AM to 8 PM Season: The Millennium Park location is open year-round; the other locations close for the winter Includes: Helmet, lock, map, and handlebar bag or rack Pickup & Drop-off Locations: Millennium Park, 239 E. Randolph Street; Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Avenue; Dan Ryan Woods; North Branch Trail http://bikechicago.com
2. Bobby’s Bike Hike
This is another trusted bike rental company, offering specialty bikes and guided tours.
Prices: Starting at $10 for one hour Options: Bikes for men, women and children; comfort, hybrid and tandem bikes; baby seats, baby trailers and tagalong attachments available Rental Length: Rent for 1 hour, half day or full day Hours: Summer: 8 AM to 8 PM on Weekends, 8:30 AM to 8 PM on Weekdays; Spring/Fall: 8:30 AM to 7 PM on Weekends, 9 AM to 6 or 7 PM on Weekdays; Winter: hours vary Includes: Helmet, lock and map Pickup & Drop-off Location: 540 N. Lake Shore Drive http://www.bobbysbikehike.com
There are other companies in the Chicago area that advertise bike rentals. If you decide to try one of these other options, we recommend researching them on your own before giving them your credit card info.
Popular Bike Rides in Chicago
Whether you decide to use bike share or bike rental for your trip to Chicago, there are some great rides waiting for you. Here are a few of our favorite routes – they’re great for tourists and locals alike, and many are even car-free!
Lakefront Trail North
This fully paved path runs alongside Lake Michigan’s scenic shoreline and is the perfect car-free way to check out some of the city's most popular beaches. See the route
Lakefront Trail South
The south half of Lakefront Trail connects to some of the city's most popular attractions, museums and recreational areas. See the route
Chicago’s new elevated trail is a great place to run, walk, stroll, or bike through 2.7 miles of the city’s northwest side neighborhoods. See the route
If you plan to sightsee throughout the day – traveling from one attraction to the next – bike share is your best option because it allows you to take short but frequent rides, with the convenience of hundreds of pickup and drop-off locations throughout Chicagoland.
As opposed to traditional bike rental, a Divvy 24-Hour Pass will give you access to use a bike whenever you need one in a full 24-hour period, wherever you need to go, without the worry of having to lock up a bike on the city streets.
With Divvy, Chicago becomes a navigable and fun place to explore. Check out some of our favorite attractions, along with the the Divvy stations nearby.